Beaches in Byron Bay

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Beaches in Byron Bay

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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost every Australian who talks about Byron starts by saying in a wistful tone, ’It’s not what it used to be’ and then goes on to lament that the once bohemian surfers’ paradise has been ruined by tourism and commercialisation.
    Certainly it's a tourist mecca these days but it’s also a lively, fun, and stunningly beautiful part of the NSW coastline.
    The beaches all have rolling waves and long stretches of golden sand. We alternated between Main Beach, Clarkes Beach and Wategos but our favourite was The Pass.
    The thing that really ‘made’ our trip was staying right on the beach.
    Byron Bay Beachfront Apartments were directly opposite Main beach so we walked nearly everywhere and hardly moved our car during our stay.
    Car parking and congestion on the main road are two of the big frustrations for many visitors to Byron so if you can avoid this by booking centrally located accommodation then it will make all the difference.
    The village centre was also just a couple of minutes walk away. It’s crowded for sure but it also offers lots of shops, boutiques, cafes, street entertainers, bars, and upmarket restaurants.
    Japonaise Kitchen was our favourite for a casual meal.
    Byron Bay is mostly all about the beaches but if you need a change of pace, there are a lot of other things to do.
    One afternoon we decided to do a bit of exploring so we walked the Byron Bay History Walking Trail (see separate review).
    On the weekend, we went to the very popular Community Markets which are held on Sunday mornings.
    The best non-beach thing we did was visiting The Farm. Kids loved feeding the sheep, chickens and pigs and we loved relaxing at the cafe-restaurant.
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Marty ..
    Ballina, Australia3,136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Belongil Beach is another long scenic sanding beach , in the Byron Bay area

    As I’ve never seen Surf Life Guards on this beach .. Belongil Beach is mostly used for Surfing & dog walking
    Written 30 June 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wategos may not be the main beach in Byron Bay but it is very lovely. It’s a classic Australian surf beach with rolling waves and a long crescent-shaped stretch of almost white sand.
    It is a relatively sheltered beach, making it a good choice for swimming. There is some shade on the beach
    There are basic facilities including changing rooms, showers and toilets. However there are no lifeguards and street parking is metered and in any case, is extremely limited.
    Instead, we walked in from The Pass Beach. It’s paid parking here too but at least there’s a large carpark and lots of space. The walk up and over the headland starts from Palm Valley (alongside the carpark) and is definitely a challenging and steep path in the summer. However its a good way to work up a sweat before you dive into the waves at the other end and on the plus side, you get some absolutely lovely views along the way.
    Written 12 March 2024
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  • Sahar A
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eye catching beach with wight sands and so clean, nice, romantic, and peas full.
    Pet friendly beach.
    Written 13 June 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a magical spot at the far end of the long stretch of beach that starts at Main Beach. It quickly became our favourite beach in Byron.
    This is a classic Australian surf beach with rolling waves and a stretch of almost white sand.
    At the furthest end is Fisherman’s Lookout, a steep set of wooden stairs leading up the side of a rocky outcrop, with a crows-nest like lookout at the top and an incredible panoramic view.
    Just below is a set of large rock pools that are large enough for small children to paddle and swim in. Even toddlers can lie in these warm waters and kick their legs as if they are swimming. This is a very sheltered, safe area.
    There are all the facilities you need for a day at the beach, including outdoor showers, toilets, The Pass Cafe, and a large carpark. Like most beachside parking in Byron, it is paid parking.
    The easiest parking is down by the boat ramp where you have an almost level walk onto the beach. Otherwise, you can park up at the Captain Cook Lookout but this is nowhere near as convenient. There are a lot of steps to get to the sand and it’s a trek if you have small children and a lot of beach paraphernalia.
    If you need to get off the beach and out of the sun for a while, there is a shady paved area with picnic tables back up near The Pass Cafe. There is also a nice, shady little looped walking path through Palm Valley.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • ShirishParanjape
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long popular beach

    We visited Byron Bay during ANZAC weekend.

    The beach is adjacent to the town centre, very nice and extremely popular. Even at 10.30 am, it was extremely difficult to find a place to park the car. But once this was done, the beach itself is superb.

    There is something for everyone- surfers, swimmers, walkers or those who were there to simply relax.

    The water was still quite warm and the sweeping views delightful.
    Written 16 May 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clarkes Beach is a lovely, long, flat sandy stretch of beach that lies between Main Beach and The Pass. It’s hard to tell where Main Beach finishes and Clarkes Beach begins as they blend together in one long stretch of beach that reaches all the way around to the lighthouse headland.
    You can access Clarkes Beach either by walking along the sand from Main Beach or via a number of tracks that lead down from the park beside Lawson St. These are the easiest paths because you walk straight onto the beach.
    The beach has all the facilities you need for a day at the beach, including toilets and change rooms, outdoor showers, and a large grassy park behind the beach with a picnic area and barbecues.
    Parking is always tricky around the popular Byron beaches. There is a carpark at Main Beach and another one at Captain Cook Lookout but from the lookout, you have to walk down a long flight of stairs to the beachfront.
    A nice feature of Clarkes Beach is that the receding tide often leaves behind large tidal pools which are fun for children to paddle in (although we noticed some signs warning that this water wasn’t always clean).
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,939 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the most popular beach in Byron Bay. It’s a classic Australian surf beach with a long, long stretch of sand and rolling waves.
    It extends all the way east around to the far headland but at some point, it becomes Clarkes Beach, and then area known as The Pass.
    It’s centrally located and is just a few minutes walk from the town and all the fashionable shops and cafes of Byron.
    The beach has all the facilities you need for a day at the beach, including modern toilets and change rooms, showers, a big Surf Life-Saving clubhouse, car-parking, and a large grassy park at the back of the sand with a picnic area, barbecues, and playground.
    Parking is not free and even though the car park is large, it’s still hard to find a spot because it fills up very quickly.
    We stayed at the Beachfront Apartments which was a brilliant location, directly opposite Main Beach. We didn’t have to worry about car parking at all. We walked across the park to the beach every day and it was especially lovely at the end of the day as the light faded and the sky took on the beautiful colours of the evening.
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Abigaile A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family absolutely loved the surfing lessons here at Byron bay. We had such a friendly instructor called Guy, who taught us all the tricks and tips especially for us beginners. It was such a friendly and fun community and enjoyed every bit. We went through all the safety tips then set out into the water. It was super safe and definitely recommend.
    Written 15 December 2022
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